Federal law sets the ground rules for employing teens, but state law controls the age at which they must obtain age certificates, working papers or parental consent letters and how long you must retain those documents. In states that don’t have retention periods, it’s to your advantage to request, copy and retain teens’ papers, anyway. This information is summarized in this chart. States that don’t have requirements for summer employment aren’t listed.
To get the full story on child labor laws, contact your state labor department.
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